Jun 11, 2014 6:12pm
Re: It's one in ten thousand just come for the show
I would say that my emersion into the land of the Grateful Dead was a key turning point in my life in that I really felt that it was the road less traveled.
I saw my college friends so wrapped up in their goals and truthfully I just didn't have one single goal at that point. So when I came across the whole Dead scene I was hooked. Go from this city to the next following a rock and roll band with a bunch of other so inclined folks. I feel music with all my being and when the Dead played especially Garcia- I just connected with it. So everything else in the world became "Your typical city involved in a typical daydream" but I was touring with the Dead! There was nothing else like that during the 80's. Was it all smiles and rainbows. No. There were times when I missed home. I got a call when I was in Frisco that my Grandma was on her deathbed and I did a you-drive it from S.F. to the East Coast in 3/4days sleeping in the back of a pick-up with only one bag of groceries that I purchased at Whole Foods for the whole trip. For Europe 90 a girl left me for her tour friends and I did the whole tour on my own including falling 6 feet straight down off the back row of the Zenith in Paris. But I did meet a sister from Australia although she was afraid of crowds which is part of why I was in the last row at the Zenith with her.
Anyway my whole life changed for better or worse when I got turned on to the Dead and the times when they were actually playing live in the middle of the craziness that was my life at the time. So yes some nights were one problem or another but I wouldn't trade those times for anything.
I would go so far as to say that the Grateful Dead should have been the first American Rock Band inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame because they were the youth of America's house band for many generations.
My 14 year old was like "hey play Shakedown Street" today. And for the first time he was singing along.
I always felt that in the times I saw the dead they were committed to making the best music they could make on any given night and really that is all you can ask of a band. Just put your heart into it and let's see where we go. It was really a collective experience as well because stuff like violence or hate or fear could turn a show sour.
(That is why hard core gate crashing sucked so badly)
The words from Wavy Gravy on the Woodstock tape "Remember the man next to you is your brother".
Jerry gave it his all. He is one of my heroes. When he died the world got that much colder and meaner.
"Listen to the music play"